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THE CHILTERN Open Air Mu­seum saw more visi­tors through its gates on Good Fri­day than bosses ex­pected over the whole week­end. Around 1,000 peo­ple flocked to the mu­seum for its open­ing event of the sea­son, which was de­scribed as a ‘phe­nom­i­nal start’.

Vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence man­ager Sian Ham­mer­ton Fraser said: “It was fan­tas­tic, it was ab­so­lutely phe­nom­i­nal.”

She added: “There were so many happy faces. It was great to see all the chil­dren run­ning around the mu­seum.

“It was a bril­liant start to the sea­son and we hope it’s go­ing to start the sea­son to come.”

The mu­seum hosted its an­nual tra­di­tional Easter cel­e­bra­tions, which saw chil­dren and adults make tra­di­tional treats, take part in an Easter egg hunt, see cos­tumed re-en­ac­tors in the Mu­seum build­ings, dis­cover the ori­gins of Easter tra­di­tions and have a go at Easter-themed crafts and dress up in Easter bon­nets, among oth­ers. NEARLY £1,000 was raised at the an­nual Chal­font St Giles pre-school play­group Easter egg hunt on Good Fri­day.

More than 250 peo­ple gath­ered to take ad­van­tage of the glo­ri­ous Good Fri­day weather, tak­ing part in the hunt from noon un­til 2pm.

Su­per­vi­sor Me­lanie Marshall said: “It went re­ally well, it was re­ally, re­ally busy. We got rid of all the eggs and we made quite a lot of money for the play group and we were so lucky with the weather.

The money will go to­wards buy­ing more equip­ment and units for the play group.

Ms Marshall added that it is a ‘nice event’ as the chil­dren and adults walk through the vil­lage, to the park, and they also have hot cross buns and can take part in biscuit dec­o­rat­ing. “It is a nice, cheap and cheer­ful fam­ily event,” she added.

DE­SPITE the in­clement week­end weather, nearly 100 peo­ple flocked to Ger­rards Cross on Easter Sun­day to take part in the ‘well es­tab­lished’ Me­mo­rial Cen­tre Easter egg hunt.

Chil­dren and adults took part in the an­nual event and had the chance to meet the Easter bunny and win prizes in­clud­ing a giant egg.

It was hailed by cen­tre staff as great fun, who were sur­prised at the turn out given the wind and rain.

Suzie Bower at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre said: “We were pleas­antly sur­prised, and we even man­aged to get out­side. The sun shone for 15 min­utes.

“There were lots of happy faces. It was re­ally nice.”

She added: “Peo­ple were happy it was on and were de­lighted the sun came out, it was good.”

Staff and mem­bers helped out over the course of the day, with the daugh­ter of man­ager Ken Piercy don­ning the bunny suit for the chil­dren.

PHOTO: LES WIL­LIAMS BA161234

Hay, nice to meet you: Vi­o­let Bochan, 5, gets to meet the horses with the help of mum Char­lotte Messy fun: Three-year-old Con­nor

McPeak gets gooey

All ears: 13-month-old James Swal­low with Car­rie Swal­low

Hard work: Zoe Large, 11, tries out a man­gle un­der the watch­ful eye of Ali­son Far­lie

Putting all her eggs in one bas­ket: Eloisa Gould, 9, with Jane Ben­nett

Easter

bunny: El­lie Swal­low, 8, was dis­pens­ing choco­late

Sweet tooth: Evie Cath­cart, 4, dec­o­rates a biscuit

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